New York Giants’ OL David Diehl’s future with the team was already cloudy heading into the off-season. Diehl was looked at as a likely candidate to be cut so the Giants can acquire much-needed salary cap space. The Giants have already made a series of cuts, releasing DL Chris Canty and RB Ahmad Bradshaw, among others.
Word has now come out that Diehl had knee surgery at the conclusion of the season, putting his future in more doubt. The surgery wasn’t serious, and Diehl is expected to be ready to workout in April. However, Diehl is coming off of a DWI incident from last year. He also missed three games due to a MCL sprain, which we assume he got the surgery for.
Diehl also hasn’t been as effective as he has in years past. The Giants can certainly get younger on the offensive line. They’ll need to do so sooner than later if they want to keep QB Eli Manning upright. The offensive line struggled down the stretch, leading to an ineffective offense. Diehl’s absence and his lack of consistency when in the game led to some of that.
The Giants would clear about $5 million of salary cap space if they were to release Diehl, so it seems obvious they should do so. The Giants have also restructured the contract of LB Mathias Kiwanuka for the upcoming season, so general manager Jerry Reese certainly isn’t done clearing up space.
The Giants are also thinking twice about letting Diehl go for one reason. OL Kevin Boothe and OL Will Beatty are free agents, so if the Giants lose both of them and cut Diehl, that is a significant portion of their offensive line gone. The Giants want to bring back Boothe and they have just verbally agreed to a long-term deal with Beatty.
We’ll see what the future holds for Diehl. He’s been a staple of the offensive line for a while now. It may soon be coming to an end.